Research

Research areas and topics

I have wide ranging research interests, but my current projects are in ethics, philosophy of sex and love, and philosophy of economics.

My recent book Philosophy of Sex and Love: An Opinionated Introduction (Routledge Press, 2019), explores basic issues surrounding sex and love in today’s world, such as consent, objectification, non-monogamy, racial stereotyping, and the need to reconcile contemporary expectations about gender equality with our beliefs about how love works.

My first book Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015) addresses the question: How should we reason morally in a pluralistic world, in which we share multiple values (honesty, fairness, benevolence etc.) but interpret and prioritize these in different ways?

I’m also working on the way ethical values come into play in applying economics and the use of mathematics in economic reasoning.

Publications

Books

Philosophy of Sex and Love: An Opinionated Introduction (Routledge Press, 2019) [Amazon, Indigo].

Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015) [Amazon, Indigo].

Reviews of Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World:

Selected articles and book chapters 

“Value Pluralism and the Foundations of Normative Law and Economics: The Case of Threshold Deontology,” forthcoming in Magdalena Małecka and Peter Cserne, eds., Law and Economics as Interdisciplinary Practice (Routledge, forthcoming) [postprint].

“What Is the ‘Social’ in “Social Coherence?” Commentary on Nelson Tebbe’s Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age, Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development 31 (2018) [link, postprint].

“Value Pluralism, Moral Diversity, Moral Reasoning, and the Foundations of Bioethics,” Journal of Ethics, Medicine and Public Health 3/4 (2017), 477-485 [link, postprint].

“Love and Economics,” in Christopher Grau and Aaron Smuts, eds., Oxford Handbook for the Philosophy of Love (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) [linkpreprint].

“Ethical Implications of Scientific Imperialism: Two Examples from Economics,” in Manuela Fernández Pinto and Uskali Mäki, eds., Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity (Routledge, 2017) [preprint].

“Internal to What? Contemporary Naturalism and Putnam’s Model Theoretic Argument” in Sandy Goldberg, ed., The Brain in a Vat (Cambridge University Press, 2016) [preprint].

“Philosophy of Sex,” Philosophy Compass 9/1 (2014), 22-32 [link, preprint].

“Moral Coherence and Principle Pluralism,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 11/6 (2014), 727–749 [link, postprint].

“Moral Coherence and Value Pluralism,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43 (2013), 117-135 [link, postprint].

“Ambivalence, Valuational Inconsistency, and the Divided Self,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 83 (2011), 41-71 [link] [post-print].

“Moral Rationalism and the Normative Status of Desiderative Coherence,” The Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (2010), pp. 227-252 [link, post-print].

“Representation-Friendly Deflationism vs. Modest Correspondence” in Cory Wright and Nikolaj Pedersen, eds., New Waves in Philosophy: Truth (New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2010), 218-231 [post-print].

“On Essentially Conflicting Desires,” The Philosophical Quarterly 59 (2009), 274-291 [link, post-print].

Toward a Modest Correspondence Theory of Truth: Predicates and Properties,” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 41 (2008), 81-102 [link, post-print].

“The Ethics of Sexual Objectification: Autonomy and Consent” Inquiry 51 (2008), 345 – 364 [link, post-print].

Seeking Desire: Reflections on Blackburn’s Lust,” Social Philosophy Today 22 (2007), 219-230 [link, post-print].

“Expressivism, Logic, Consistency, and Moral Dilemmas,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (2006), 517-533 [link, post-print].

“What Should a Correspondence Theory Be and Do?” Philosophical Studies, 127 (2006), 415-457 [link, post-print].

“Expressivism, Deflationism, and Correspondence,” The Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2 (2005), 171-191 [link, post-print].

“Moral Dilemmas, Collective Responsibility, and Moral Progress,” Philosophical Studies, 104 (2001), 203-225 [link, post-print].

Reviews

Review of Laurie Shrage, You’ve Changed”: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, January 8, 2010 [link to review at NDPR site].

Review of Mario Perniola, The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic: Philosophies of Desire in the Modern World (Massimo Verdicchio, translator), Journal of the History of Philosophy 19 (2010), pp. 179-182 [link], [post-print].

Review of Monique Canto-Sperber, Moral Disquiet and Human Life (Silvia Pavel, translator), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, October 4, 2008 [link to review at NDPR site].

Review of Anne Dufourmantelle, Blind Date: Sex and Philosophy (Catherine Porter, translator), APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, 8 (2008), 23-24 [post-print].

Review of John Bell, Set Theory: Boolean-valued Models and Independence Proofs, 3/e, Philosophia Mathematica III 14 (2006), 392-394 [link, post-print].

Encyclopedia article

“Sex Work,” in Hugh LaFollette, ed., The International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Blackwell, 2013; revised version 2016 ) [link].

Selected talks and conference presentations

Anti-Formalism in Philosophy of Economics: Mathematical Foundations or Mathematical Style? Society for Exact Philosophy, CSHPS [Math in econ CSHPS handout]

“Moral Pluralism, Disagreement, and Informed Consent,” Canadian Philosophical Association June 2, 2019. [pluralism in bioethics handout CPA]

Commentary on Michael Da Silva’s n Defense of an Explanatoriness Criterion for Moral Philosophy at the CPA. Text of CPA comment Da Silva

“Algorithmic Ethics and Racial Discrimination,” Business Ethics in the 6ix, May 16, 2019.

“Ethics, Economics Imperialism, and Values in Science, “PPE Society Conference, March 30, 2019.

“Moderate Deontology, Arbitrariness, and the Problem of the Threshold,” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, January 8, 2019.

“Underdetermination, Methodology, and Normativity in Distinguishing Rational from Irrational Behavior,” Joint conference of the European Network for the Philosophy of Social Science and the Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable, Hannover, Germany, August 31, 2018.”

Value Pluralism and the Epistemological Status of Economic Consequentialism.”
4th International Conference on “Economic Philosophy”: Norms and Normativity, June 28, 2018.

“Deontological Pluralism and its Consequentialist Critics.”
University of Helsinki Department of Practical Philosophy colloquium series, June 6, 2018.

Comments on Waheed Hussain’s “A Dynamical View of Corporate Authority.”
Business Ethics in the 6ix, May 14, 2018.

Science, Sex, and the Search for a “Female Viagra.” University of Windsor, March 2018 [handout]

“Sexual Decision-Making and Relational Theories of Autonomy,” XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, July 14, 2017.

“Response to Critics,” Author-meets-critics session on my Moral Reasoning in a Pluralistic World. Canadian Philosophical Association annual meeting, May 28, 2017.

Comments on Carrie Jenkins’s What Love Is and What It Ought to Be, author-meets-critics session. Canadian Philosophical Association annual meeting, May 30, 2017.

“Value Pluralism, Challenges to Consequentialism, and the Law and Economics Movement, ” Brooklyn Law School, Faculty Workshop Series, February 16, 2017,  Workshop in Methodology in Applied Ethics, Georgetown University, February 26, 2017, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities annual conference, April 1, 2017, and MetaLawEcon Workshop on Law and Economics: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions of Interdisciplinarity, TINT, University of Helsinki. November 9, 2017.

Commentary on Nelson Tebbe’s Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age at a roundtable symposium at St. John’s Law School, September 16, 2016.

“Economic Explanation Ambiguity and Its Normative Implications,” North American Society for Social Philosophy, Thirty-Third International Social Philosophy Conferences, July 2016 and Western University Philosophy Department colloquium series, April 21, 2017.

“Affirmative Consent and Female Desire,” Meeting of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 12, 2017 and Conference on Consent and Coercion in the Sexual Sphere, University of Virginia, April 15, 2016.

“Economic Explanation Ambiguity and Its Normative Implications,” North American Society for Social Philosophy, Thirty-Third International Social Philosophy Conferences, July 2016.

“Objectification, Mutuality, and Autonomy,” Conference in honor of Alan Goldman, College of William and Mary, September 5, 2015.

“Ethical Implications of Economics Imperialism: Two Examples, Workshop on Scientific Imperialism, TINT Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Sciences, April 16, 2015.

“Love and Economics: The Problem of Altruistic Preferences,” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting (Main Program), April 1, 2015.

“A Problem in Economic Explanation,” University at Buffalo Department of Philosophy, Lunchtime Philosophy Series, March 27, 2015.

“Sexual Objectification and Social Autonomy,” University of Waterloo Gender and Equity Scholarship Series, March 23, 2015.

“Feminist Perspectives on Rational Choice Theory and the Problem of Altruistic Preferences,” Science, Technology, and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities: A conference held with The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS) and the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP), August 2014.

“Dilemmas and Disagreement: Moral Coherence and Justification in Pluralistic Contexts,” Joint Centre for Bioethics, Toronto ON, April 9, 2014.

“Utilitarianism, Intuitions, Rationality and Neuroscience,” co-authored with Rosalind Abdool, American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, February 2014 Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium, Washington and Jefferson College, Saturday, September 21st, 2013.

“The Cold-Blooded Economist is a Dangerous Figure,” Total Money Makeover: Culture and the Economization of Everything, sponsored by the Canadian Association for American Studies, Oct 24, 2013.

“Utilitarianism, Intuitions, Rationality and Neuroscience,” co-authored with Rosalind Abdool, Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium, Washington and Jefferson College, Saturday, September 21st, 2013 and Central APA February 2014.

“Objectify Me:  Sexual Autonomy and the Utopia of Non-Conformity,” Keynote Address at Queertopia 6.0, Northwestern University, April 2013.

“Sexual Use, Sexual Autonomy, and Adaptive Preferences,” McMaster University, September 2012.

“Philosophy Is Not a Social Science: Value Neutrality, the Humanistic Method, and the Ethical Point of View” Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century Conference, University of Pittsburgh, May 2012.

“Moral Coherence and Value Pluralism,” University of Guelph, September 2011.

“Sexual Autonomy and Sexual Choices,” North American Society for Social Philosophy Twenty-Eighth International Social Philosophy Conference, July 2011.

“On Tom Hurka’s The Best Things in Life,” part of an author-meets-critics session, Canadian Philosophical Association, May 2010.

 

 

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